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Panthers' Jonah Gadjovich: Suffers upper-body injury
Gadjovich suffered an upper-body injury Thursday and will be out of Saturday's lineup versus the Islanders, per Katie Engleson of Bally Sports Florida.
Steven Lorentz will replace Gadjovich on the fourth line. Gadjovich has one assist and 41 PIM in seven games this season. Consider him day-to-day, as coach Paul Maurice said the injury was minor.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Anthony Stolarz: Guarding goal Saturday
Stolarz will get the home start versus the Islanders on Saturday, according to Katie Engleson of Bally Sports Florida.
This will be Stolarz's fourth start in the last 10 games, as coach Paul Maurice has been showing some faith in the backup netminder. Stolarz has given up only two goals on 67 shots in his last two outings. He has posted a 3-1-1 record this campaign with a 1.99 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The Islanders are one of the weaker teams offensively in 2023-24, rank 28th with 2.73 goals per game and 24th with 29.3 shots per contest.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Uvis Balinskis: Heads to minors
Balinskis was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Friday.
Balinskis has a goal and two points in 15 games with Florida this season. The 27-year-old signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Panthers in April after scoring 11 goals and 35 points in 50 contests with Liberec of the Czech League last year.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Carter Verhaeghe: Produces two points in Montreal
Verhaeghe scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.
After chipping the puck off the boards to Sam Bennett for what proved to be the game-winner just eight seconds into the third period, Verhaeghe found the back of the net himself a little over five minutes later. It's the 28-year-old's fifth multi-point performance in the last 14 games, a stretch in which Verhaeghe has amassed seven goals and 14 points -- including four power-play tallies -- as he slips back into the form that allowed him to erupt for career highs with 42 goals and 73 points in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Evan Rodrigues: Snaps point drought against Habs
Rodrigues scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.
Both points came in the third period as the Panthers blew open a 1-0 game. Rodrigues had been held off the scoresheet for eight straight games prior to Thursday, his second point drought of at least five games already this season. Still, the streaky winger has four goals and 15 points through 23 contests while supplementing his production with 58 shots on net, 23 hits and a plus-10 rating.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Two-point effort Thursday
Barkov scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.
The game was actually scoreless through the first 20 minutes and change, but Barkov kicked open the floodgates for the Florida offense with an impressive individual effort -- he stole the puck at his own blue line, out-raced Montreal defenders down the ice and then beat Cayden Primeau glove side. Barkov missed a couple games in November with a minor knee issue but has been his usual productive self when on the ice, racking up five goals and 14 points in his last 12 contests.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Sharp in 11th win
Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.
The veteran netminder nearly posted a second straight shutout, but he couldn't squeeze a Johnny Kovacevic snapshot from the faceoff circle midway through the third period with the Panthers already up 4-0. Bobrovsky allowed more than three goals only once in 11 starts through the month of November, going 8-3-0 with a dazzling 2.11 GAA and .918 save percentage. The two-time Vezina winner appears to be turning back the clock and re-discovering an elite form he hasn't flashed with any consistency since his Columbus days.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Facing Canadiens
Bobrovsky will draw the starting assignment in Montreal on Thursday.
Bobrovsky sat out versus Toronto on Wednesday after starting four straight games. He is 10-6-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .910 save percentage this season. The Canadiens are 27th in NHL scoring, averaging 2.77 goals per game, so this should be a favorable matchup for Bob.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Nabs first points Tuesday
Ekblad picked up an assist while adding three shots on net, two blocked shots, two hits, two PIM and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs.
The point was his first in six games since making his belated season debut following summer shoulder surgery. Ekblad is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued campaign in which he managed only 38 points in 71 games, but even if he's able to stay healthy for the rest of this season, he could have trouble returning to the near point-per-game pace he produced in 2021-22 without regaining his spot on the top power-play unit from Brandon Montour.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Anthony Stolarz: Tough loss in shootout
Stolarz stopped 31 of 32 shots in regulation and overtime and four of six shootout attempts in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
The loss was doubly tough to take since it first appeared to be a win -- Evan Rodrigues looked like he'd ended things in the fifth round of the shootout, only for his successful shot to get overturned on replay. Stolarz has taken only one regulation loss on the season. going 3-1-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .929 save percentage, but Sergei Bobrovsky's 2.33 GAA and .915 save percentage over 10 November appearances have kept him firmly in a workhorse role.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Anthony Stolarz: Starting in Toronto
Stolarz will defend the road goal Tuesday against Toronto, per coach Paul Maurice.
Stolarz will get the second half of Florida's back-to-back after Sergei Bobrovsky played in Monday's 5-0 win over Ottawa. The 29-year-old Stolarz has posted a 3-1-0 record this season with a 2.28 GAA and a .917 save percentage in four previous starts. Toronto is tied for ninth in the league this campaign with 3.42 goals per contest.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Earns 40th career shutout
Bobrovsky saved all 20 Senators shots in Florida's 5-0 victory over Ottawa on Monday.
Bobrovsky never faced more than seven shots in a single period, but he still earned his second shutout of the season and the 40th of his career. He's the 47th goaltender to ever reach the 40-shutout mark. Bobrovsky has a 10-6-1 record, 2.49 GAA and .910 save percentage in 17 outings this campaign. He entered the contest on a two-game losing streak, though the 35-year-old saved a respectable 50 of 55 shots (.909 save percentage) over that span.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Eetu Luostarinen: Contributes goal Monday
Luostarinen collected a goal in a 5-0 win over Ottawa on Monday.
Luostarinen has two goals and five points through 21 contests this season. He's getting a solid amount of ice time with Florida -- an average of 16:11 per game going into Monday's action -- but he doesn't have a regular role on the power play. That's unlikely to change unless the Panthers run into injury troubles, which significantly limits Luostarinen's offensive potential for the 2023-24 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Carter Verhaeghe: Supplies goal vs. Ottawa
Verhaeghe contributed a goal in a 5-0 win over Ottawa on Monday.
Verhaeghe found the back of the net midway through the third period to put Florida up 4-0. He's up to nine goals and 16 points in 21 outings this year. Verhaeghe snapped a two-game scoring drought after collecting five goals and 11 points over nine appearances from Nov. 4-20.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Gets three power-play assists
Barkov recorded three assists in a 5-0 victory over Ottawa on Monday.
All three of Barkov's helpers were registered while the Panthers were on the power play. He's up to six goals and 20 points in 18 outings this season. Barkov was playing in his second contest since missing two games due to a knee injury. The 28-year-old was held off the scoresheet in his return to the lineup Friday, but with Monday's showing, it's safe to say he's back into the swing of things.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Reinhart: Reaches 15 goals in just 21 games
Reinhart supplied two goals in a 5-0 win over Ottawa on Monday.
Reinhart scored the first two markers of the game -- both on the power play. His effort Monday also ended his four-game goal-scoring slump, which is the longest he's endured this season. Reinhart's up to 15 tallies and 27 points in 21 contests this season, including nine points with the man advantage.... See More ... See Less